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Ecologic hosts a special session during ECSA 56

6 September 2016, Bremen, Germany.



From 4-6 September the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) held its 56th multidisciplinary research conference entitled “Coastal systems in transition from a ‘natural’ to an ‘anthropogenically modified’ state” in Bremen. ECSA is an international organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of multidisciplinary research into all aspects of estuaries and coasts, and the application of science and technology for their sustainable environmental management.

Ecologic Institute and University of Ferrara hosted a special session on “Practical illustration of the human dimension in coastal systems and its drivers for change” where the state of the art of the interdisciplinary DRR research of RISC-KIT where presented and discussed together with further presentations from European and world-wide research projects.


The special session saw the following presentations  (RISC-KIT presentaions in BOLD)

Investigating the impacts of climate change and anthropogenic pollution of coastal lagoons: A field survey of selected lagoons in Ghana
I. Boateng*, S. Mitchell, F. Couceiro, University of Portsmouth, UK.

Current status of coastal dune systems of Catalan shore (Spain, NW Mediterranean sea) and changes in the last 150 years
C. Garcia‐Lozano*, J. Pintó, University of Girona, Spain.

RISC‐KIT guide ‐ a web-based guide to facilitate learning and exchange about disaster risk reduction measures
N. Stelljes*, K. Beese, K. McGlade, Ecologic Institute, Germany.

Identifying disaster risk reduction measures through multi‐criteria analysis. Lessons from RISC‐KIT in eleven European coastal cities
K. Barquet, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden.

Integrating chains of DRR measures in coastal impact assessment: An application in Varna, Bulgaria 
L. Cumiskey*1, S. Priest2, N. Valchev3, N. Andreeva3, P. Eftimova3 ,  1 Deltares, The Netherlands, 2 Middlesex University, UK, 3 Institute of Oceanology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

Towards the improvement of the Emilia‐Romagna coastal EWS: Bridging scientific knowledge with stakeholder’s needs and perspectives
C. Armaroli1,2, P. Ciavola*1,2, L. Perini3 , 1 Consorzio Futuro in Ricerca, Italy, 2 University of Ferrara, Italy, 3 Geological, Seismic and Soil Service, Emilia‐Romagna Region, Italy


Further information about the session can be found here (link to Ecologic website coming soon).


Dr. Grit Martinez, Ecologic, moderated the special session.